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Hiker Rescued By Helicopter IN GTNP

August 6, 2012 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Teton County No Comments
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An injured hiker was rescued via helicopter from Waterfalls Canyon in Grand Teton National Park late Saturday afternoon.  According to a park news release, 21-year-old Jessica Haines of Laguna Beach, California fell approximately 20 feet while ascending the canyon just above Columbine Cascades.  Haines was hiking with two companions in the canyon when they decided to separate while she hiked high off to the north side of the canyon to view geologic features before reuniting with her group at Wilderness Falls.  However, Haines fell in a rocky area, coming to rest on a ledge and sustained injuiries that prevented her from continuing down the canyon as planned.  Rangers say Haines radioed for help using a VHF radio typically carried on maritime vessels and water craft. A park ranger on a routine patrol of Jackson Lake heard the transmission and notified Teton Interagency Dispatch Center of the situation and shortly before 3:30 pm, North District Rangers initiated a response – calling for a helicopter to perform a short-haul maneuver due to the rugged nature of the terrain.  At 6:30 pm, rangers were able to reach Haines, provide emergency medical care and bring her to a waiting park ambulance on the east shore of Jackson Lake.  Haines was treated for her injuries at St. John’s Medical Center.  Haines has been working locally in Jackson Hole this summer.

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